BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forward Brian McGrattan to the Providence Bruins for conditioning (American Hockey League). The P-Bruins have three games this weekend, with home games against Albany (Friday, October 29) and Worcester (Sunday, October 31) and a road game in Worcester on Saturday, October 30. He will rejoin Boston on Monday, November 1.
The 29-year-old McGrattan was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on October 11, 2010 after being invited to Bruins training camp on a tryout. He has been a healthy scratch in the Bruins seven games this season.
He is a veteran of 182 NHL games splitting his time between the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators. McGrattan made his NHL debut with Ottawa during the 2005-06 season and set career highs in games played (60), goals (2), assists (3), points (5) and penalty minutes (141) during that season. He skated for the Calgary Flames last year and registered one goal, three assists and 86 penalty minutes in 34 games.
McGrattan owns the American Hockey League record for penalty minutes in a season after recording 551 in 71 games during the 2004-05 season as a member of the Binghamton Senators (53 minors, 41 majors, 18 misconducts, 6 game misconducts). For his AHL career, McGrattan tallied 1053 penalty minutes in 197 games, to go along with 25 goals and 22 assists.
The 6’4”, 235-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.